Updated: Aug 3, 2019
With this title, I want to make known how hemp could effectively replace a wide range of products that unfortunately are aggressive to the environment, and with a few examples, you can see the potential of this plant that could heal our planet.
We can start by saying the many uses of hemp fiber and its different processed products, such as clothing, footwear, ropes, etc., with the seeds we obtain oils, nutritional supplements and even bio-fuel with pollution levels that are much lower than the current ones in the market and a wide range of medicinal and therapeutic treatments.
The benefits for our planet would be very remarkable and would help to regenerate forests and maintain land and deposits full of life instead of clearings and plots that take tens of years to revegetate. A study conducted by McGill University in California estimates that 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 million acres of industrial hemp would take care of all our oil needs.
Other crops such as soybeans do not require rotation, have a strong and intensive use of fertilizers and after five seasons there are visible consequences for soil fertility or tobacco that does not need more than one crop to make the kill the soil.
With marijuana or hemp, the opposite effect occurs, endowing with fertility and oxygenation that opens the doors to any crop that comes behind.
It is also a great producer of oxygen for the atmosphere unlike other plantations which occupy a lot and generate little, let's talk about wheat, corn, cotton and more crops that gained weight with the prohibition of marijuana.
It could help reduce, even disappear hundreds of tons of pharmaceutical waste, generated by the treatments of the same pathologies that it has been shown to treat.
Five ways the hemp industry benefits the environment
1. Reduce air pollution
The hemp industry can help reduce air pollution because hemp grows without help and is naturally resistant to pests, crops flourish without the need for pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. These chemical growth agents, which are often needed for other types of crops, have the potential to pollute the air and adversely affect human, animal and plant health.
2. Conserve the forests
The hemp industry can help protect the land from the damage of deforestation. Hemp can be used as raw material for wood and paper, which reduces the need to cut down trees to conserve forests. One acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 4 acres of trees each year. In addition, hemp paper can be recycled 7 to 8 times, 3 times more than wood pulp paper.
3. Fight climate change
Growing hemp has the potential to generate a significant impact on the effort against climate change. The increase in the average temperature on the earth that causes abnormal weather conditions, droughts and an increase in sea levels, is related to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide emissions. During photosynthesis, hemp removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to form carbohydrates and eventually release oxygen back into the atmosphere as a by-product.
4. Reduces dependence on fossil fuels
The use of hemp as a biomass fuel can serve as a cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternative to the energy of gas, oil, and coal. This could reduce or even eliminate dependence on fossil fuels. With the use of hemp for biomass, a closed CO2 system is created, which means that the net CO2 added to the atmosphere would be zero.
5. Enriches the soil
Instead of extracting nutrients from the soil like most crops, hemp plants have deep roots that provide nitrogen and other nutrients. They also help limit the erosion of the topsoil, thus reducing water pollution. Hemp can be used in the same way to eliminate dangerous compounds that have been filtered during previous cultures. As a bio-accumulator, hemp can absorb the toxic metals emitted by nuclear power plants in the soil, such as copper, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
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